Demonstrating the importance of taking a step back sometimes before continuing forward, professional photographer Amanda Lazarus has emerged from the darkness of low self-esteem to a position where she can now help save the downtrodden through her artwork.
"I got my bachelor in fine arts in photography. I graduated from college in the United States in 2009. What these pieces represent is a body of work throughout my college years," Lazarus told The Gleaner yesterday during her exhibition, 'Healing through Art', at The Spa at Devon House in St Andrew.
"When I came back to Jamaica, I felt that nobody really appreciated art. That forced me to take a step back, and I actually lost a lot of confidence the first year I was back here. That step back kept me out for six years."
She finally got cracking and regained her sense of purpose after reading author Krystal Chong's book What The Hell Am I Supposed to Do With My Life?!.
"That book blew me away and it just propelled me forward. What she spoke about in that book really rekindled the passion in me, and I just grabbed the bull by the horns and just decided that I am going to do. After reading Krystal's book, I contacted Charisse Pink from the spa and I sent her a few pieces, and they loved it. They were the ones who actually came up with the title, 'Healing through Art'.
"When you look at the pieces, it brings emotions alive, it brings thoughts alive, whether you want it to or not. Whether you are an artist or not, I wanted to provoke feelings and thoughts in people. That is why I went ahead," Lazarus said.